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How to care for your natural curls in between trips to the salon

Learn how to take care of your curls with hair expert Mimi Koné's top tips...

PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 02: Ciinderella Balthazar wears an Off White shirt, vintage sunglasses, Maje skirt and a Longchamp bag outside the Off White show on March 02, 2023 in Paris, France. (Photo by Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images)
Orin Carlin
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Updated: November 23, 2023
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Fact: a great hair day, means a great day. 

Although how to make your curls pop on the days when you don't have your trusty hairstylist on hand to work their magic? 

There are so many different haircare products out there, knowing where to start is half the battle. But according to Mimi Koné, hair expert and founder of Notting Hill's Mimi et Mina, caring for your curls at home is really very simple.

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The Burkina Faso-born entrepreneur is obsessed with all things hair, having known since the age of eight that she wanted to build a beauty business.

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Mimi was first drawn to styling when discovered the joy of walking out of a salon, feeling a million dollars. 

"It just changes your mood," she tells Hello! Fashion. "When your hair is looking bouncy and lovely, or if you've refreshed your curl, it just wakes you up – I don't know how to explain it."

How we chose:

Afro hair specialist-approved: The hair product inclusions have been selected by Mimi, all of which she loves and uses both on herself and her clients.

How to care for curly hair 

Singer Ciinderella Balthazar shows off her voluminous curls during Paris Fashion Week© Getty
Singer Ciinderella Balthazar shows off her voluminous curls during Paris Fashion Week

"People always expect curly hair to be looked after a certain way. All curly hair is different and you need to learn your curl pattern and how to look after it – you and your stylist," Mimi explains.

"You'll have some curly hair where you don't need to do much to it, you can just wet it and put on a little oil and the curls and bouncy. Other curls you might have to work on a little bit, maybe the curls at the back don't look like the curls at the front. It's important to get to know your hair and be open to the adventure of trying different products until you find that ideal product that is best for you."

How to moisturise curly hair

"Curly hair means dry hair, we all know that," Mimi says. "So it's very important when caring for your curls at home that you first have a good leave-in conditioner, a very good oil and, of course, shampoo and conditioner.

"I have this amazing product that I use in store on clients with curly hair, called Curls Blueberry Bliss Curl Contour Jelly. It has a jam-like texture. When you work the product through the hair and then dry it, it brings out really well-defined curls."

What are the best hair oils for curly hair?

"I'm personally a big fan of argan oil for curly hair. Basically something in between a serum and a castor oil, an oil that is moisturising but not heavy, that's what I'd recommend," she explains.

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"I like castor oil for when you're doing an oil mask treatment and you're going to shampoo the hair after, but not for everyday use, it's very heavy."

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How to brush curly hair

"A wide-tooth comb with very big teeth is ideal for detangling wet hair," Mimi says. "In the morning you can use the comb when you've put moisturiser in your hair and you want to comb it through. You can also use a water-spray to bring back the curls, layered with a bit of oil."

Mimi's top curly haircare products

Blueberry Bliss Curl Control Jelly - Curls
Blueberry Bliss Curl Control Jelly - Curls

Packed with organic blueberry extract and raw castor oil, Curls' Blueberry Bliss Curl Control Jelly is designed to maximise the definition of your curls and hold them in place.

Don’t Despair, Repair! Super Moisture Shampoo - Briogeo
Don’t Despair, Repair! Super Moisture Shampoo - Briogeo

Formulated with algae extract, panthenol, biotin and rose oil, this sulfate-free shampoo by Briogeo is deeply nourishing on dry hair.

Manketti Hair Oil - Charlotte Mensah
Manketti Hair Oil - Charlotte Mensah

Charlotte Mensah's award-winning Manketti Oil is a dream on dull, dehydrated hair. Containing manketti nut and ximenia oils, it works to simultaneously add shine and nourish your scalp.

Why you should trust Mimi:

With a wealth of industry experience under her belt, Mimi Koné is one of the leading London afro hairstylists. She set up her own namesake salon in 2015, and has since developed a loyal clientele. She knows her craft inside out - hence why we've quizzed her on all things curl-related.

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